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Pediatric Theology

During RSV season earlier this year, I accompanied by best friend and her two little boys to the doctor’s office. The 2-month-old was going in for a regular checkup, the 2-year-old for what we thought was a severe cold, but which we discovered was RSV.

Having two babies and three adults in a room the size of a walk-in closet was a recipe for chaos. Add in immunizations, and unforeseen nasal swabs and chest x-rays, and the chaos only intensified…

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Spiritual Molting

My husband loves all critters in the Animal Kingdom, so a couple of months ago, he purchased two baby tarantulas.

Part of a tarantula’s maturation involves molting (aka, moulting). Molting is the process by which an animal sheds feathers, skin, hair, and/or its outer shell at distinct times throughout its lifespan in order to make room for new growth…

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Trust You with Our Sorrows

Several months ago in church, we sang a song with the following lyric: “We cast away our shadows, trust you with our sorrows.”

I’ve since learned the song is called “Joy” by Rend Collective. It’s quickly become a song of obsession.

Shortly after hearing this song, I read the following verse during one of my morning devotionals, “The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’” (Jeremiah 2.8, NRSV)…

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Borrowed Faith

On Tuesday mornings when I pray for my friends, I use the above image from Matthew 9 to center my prayer.

Though the passage doesn’t use the word κοινωνία (koinonia), I think the scene is the epitome of it.

Koinonia is the Greek word used to describe the relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It’s also the word used to describe our relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. And therefore, it’s the word used to describe our relationship to one another.

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He Did It!

Last week, I received the following text from my best friend: “He did it! I just watched Samson roll from front to back!”

We’ve been rooting for her 6-month-old son to start rolling, and last Friday was the glorious day.

I spend most of my days with this little guy, so when I got her text, I was thrilled. I let out an excited shriek, did a little jump, and shed a tear of joy. This new skill was worthy of all celebration. Though the victory was his, I was intricately connected to it.

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